Plaid wool knit sweater

I recently have fallen in love with a new silhouette for myself, and it’s been a lot of fun playing with it: a cropped pullover. Whether it’s in the form of a hand knit sweater (which started my obsession) or sewing my own tops, I’ve been loving this shape lately. This version was the third I made from the same pattern, Butterick 7557 from around 1956. Great envelope artwork too, right? Many vintage patterns specify types of fabric recommended, but this one didn’t. In my mind though, it was perfect for knits! Kind of a cropped vintage version of a […]

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Fraternal twin blouses

I have two blouses to share with you today: they’re fraternal twins! Both sewn from the same pattern but in entirely different fabrics. I thought it would be a fun experiment to see how a fancy and a plain version of the same pattern would look. The pattern is from the 1950s and is actually one I’ve sewn several times before, but with a collar and 3/4 kimono sleeves. This was the first time I made it with a scoop neck and short kimono sleeves. I started with the red one. It’s a double faced cotton and lurex blend. I […]

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Leopard print faux fur jacket

Happy New Year! I’m starting off with a project I meant to get done before the holidays, but it’s finished now and that’s all that matters! Earlier in winter, I had this idea that it would be fun to have a comfy jacket for lounging around the house on really cold days. Kind of a cardigan meets jacket. Something to wear inside, not outside. My thoughts turned to faux fur, if I could find a soft and drapey one. And Mood has the literal snuggliest faux fur ever, so that part was easy. But what to line it with? I […]

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Plaid coat for early winter

Plaid. I just can’t get enough! When last we met I was sharing a plaid dressing gown and now I’m onto a plaid coat. Is there any stop to the plaid madness?! Probably not. My favorite style of jacket to wear in early fall (hint: not now) and spring (sadly: also not now) is a Pendleton 49er. It’s a casual, unlined, relatively thin wool vintage jacket, in bold plaids. I happen to own a McCall pattern from 1948 that’s extremely similar, McCall 7400. With a gorgeous woven wool coating (sold out now, I’m sorry!) and silk lining (note to future […]

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Plaid flannel for fall

It’s finally fall and that means…it’s plaid time! Actually, it’s always plaid time in my book. But it’s definitely not plaid flannel time until fall. For my first fall garment of the year I went big: a full-length dress. Dressing gown. Housecoat. Robe. Whatever you want to call it. It’s essentially a maxi dress that zips up the front, and it’s flannel, and it’s awesome. I used a vintage 1950s pattern, and you can see I really didn’t stray far from the envelope except to use plaid. I went with View B with the contrasting collars, cuff and tie belt. […]

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A new summer staple blouse

Do you ever have one of those sewing projects where the entire time, you’re thinking that the thing doesn’t really seem to want to be made? That was this blouse for me. I started with an easy enough premise: I wanted a nice summery blouse, one in black and one in white. Good wardrobe staples that I didn’t have. Well white did not work out, but black sure did! The pattern I used is from the 1950s, Butterick 6965. (Isn’t the envelope artwork great? One of my favorite things about vintage patterns.) It was a long struggle. A looong struggle. […]

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A hood, some plaid and loud red pants

Well hello there everyone, I’m Tasha and this is my first post for the Mood Sewing Network. I’m so glad to be here! My first project is actually a whole outfit: that kind of thing when the sewing gears start turning and you tell yourself “Oh yes, that would be a good idea”, followed by “Yes, definitely a great idea!” and finally, “Yes, yes, yes I must make this happen!” I sew with a lot of vintage patterns, and this outfit was no exception. The red pantsĀ are actually the third pair of pants in a journey with a pattern. Ever […]

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